Tips to Keep You Healthy in Your Reproductive Years: A Women’s Health Specialist’s Perspective
When you’re in your reproductive years you need to see a women’s health specialist regularly and be more aware of your body and the changes it goes through. It is normal for women to get stressed out when preparing for marriage or trying to conceive.
This is also the time when most women will get conscious about their bodies and start working towards being healthier and fitter versions of themselves. The key to staying healthy during your reproductive years is to monitor your stress levels, sleep patterns, diet, and habits.
What are Some Ways Females can maintain their Reproductive Health?
It’s important for women to monitor their health during their reproductive years. This is when a woman’s body is preparing for pregnancy and when she is most likely to become pregnant.
Monitoring your health during this time can help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. It can also help you identify any health problems that could affect your ability to have a baby.
For example, conditions like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure can all impact fertility. If you are trying to conceive, managing these conditions can increase your chances of getting pregnant.
In addition, monitoring your health during your reproductive years can help you detect early signs of cancer. There are two types of cancer that are more common in women of childbearing age: breast cancer and gynecologic cancer.
Early detection is key to successful treatment, so it’s important to be aware of changes in your breasts or reproductive organs. Finally, monitoring your health during your reproductive years can help you manage stress.
Stress can impact both your physical and mental health, and it can also impede fertility. If you’re trying to get pregnant, managing stress can improve your chances of conception. Here are some helpful suggestions for monitoring your health from a women’s health specialist’s perspective;
● Go for regular screenings
There are many diagnostic tests for women that are done to rule out any potential health risks. Regular Pap smears, breast exams, and pelvic exams can detect issues such as cervical cancer, breast cancer, and uterine fibroids.
These screenings will help you detect any potential issues early, reduce stress, and allow for a more convenient treatment. Pap smears can be done every one or two years, depending on your age and risk factors.
Breast exams and mammograms should be done every year for women above the age of 40. Pelvic exams can be done every year, depending on your risk factors and sexual history.
● Practice safe sex always
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to practice safe sex. It is easy to get complacent after being in a relationship for some time and assume you are protected since you are having sex regularly.
Condoms are still the only form of contraception that reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections. Until you are ready to conceive, condoms are your best friend.
They prevent infections, protect you from STDs that may lead to infertility, and offer peace of mind. Make it a point to discuss safe sex with your partner and be open about your sexual history. Talk about testing and other ways to prevent infections from spreading in a relationship.
● Get tested for sexually transmitted infections if you think you may be at risk
Many infections can be asymptomatic for a long period of time. For example, chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial STI.
It can cause infertility if left untreated and has no symptoms in many cases. STIs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic abdominal pain, ectopic pregnancy, and other complications.
It is very important to see your women’s health specialist and get tested if you have had multiple sexual partners or used protection inconsistently. Always follow the recommended dosages and treatment protocols as prescribed by your doctor.
Many doctors recommend testing for sexually transmitted infections every six months. This allows you to be aware of your body and understand how infections affect your reproductive system.
● Wear comfortable clothing
Wear comfortable clothing even if you are in the office. If you are pregnant, opt for loose clothing that can accommodate your growing belly.
If you are overweight, try to wear lighter clothing to reduce stress on your joints. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as well.
If you are on your menstrual cycle, try to wear breathable clothing that absorbs sweat. Avoid wearing tight clothing and undergarments as it can increase your risk of infections and irritation.
● Do not douche
Douching is one of the most common myths about a healthy lifestyle for women. It is a misconception that douching will help you stay clean or prevent infections.
Douching can actually disrupt your pH balance, increase your risk of infections, and cause irritation. The vagina is a self-cleaning organ that does not need any external cleaning. If you feel too sweaty or sweaty around your vaginal area, try to change your hygiene routine.
● Consume more calcium and magnesium
Calcium and magnesium are necessary components for strong and healthy bones. Unfortunately, women start losing calcium from their bones during their reproductive years.
This is due to changes in their hormones and lifestyle. Make it a habit to consume more calcium and magnesium-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, almonds, and soybeans.
Make sure to drink water while consuming calcium as it is not water-soluble. Make sure your calcium source is dairy-free if you are lactose intolerant. Magnesium is available in most multivitamins and is safe to consume even if you have a sensitive stomach.
The Bottom Line
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to having a healthy lifestyle. However, these tips can help you make better choices for your health. Remember to consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle. Stay informed and take care of yourself!
We offer comprehensive and confidential services to meet your unique needs. Our team of experts is here to provide you with the information and support you need to make informed decisions about your health. Contact us today to book an appointment.
Dr Ng Kai Lyn – Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Mount Elizabeth Novena: 38 Irrawady Road 05-34/35
Hougang: 684 Hougang Ave 8 01-198
+65 60 1115 31